The salutation of this letter is typical. And Paul starts out on a positive note with his audience. Then at 1:10 he begins to exhort them (his word) that they have no divisions among themselves, “because I have been told that you’re having quarrels!” They were arguing about who was the greatest among them by bragging on who had baptized them. This is reminiscent of the disciples arguing who was the greatest. Paul is angered (and saddened) by this. Christ is to be the focal point of our lives. Paul and Apollos and Cephas are mere vessels in which the Good News (Gospel) was transported and conveyed fully to them. They are in a sense missing the forest by having concentrated on one small plant.
Quoting from Isaiah 29:14 he reminds them that God will “destroy the wisdom of the wise” (1:19). That is, God will destroy the so-called wisdom of the so-called wise of this world; those who neglect or despise Him and practice foolishness that they deem wise. “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1:25). “God has chosen the foolish things of the world [us!] to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” (1:27). He has also chosen the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are (1:28). The things that are not are those which He has (or had) not yet called into existence. It is a reminder of His omnipotence (being ALL powerful) and omniscience (ALL knowing). This chapter (actually 1 and 2) from Paul also helps to explain to us why we have such a hard time understanding and being understood by those who are opposed to God. We have been given God’s wisdom and understand many of His truths. They may even seem simple to us to understand. But they in having chosen to oppose Him have their minds clouded and CANNOT understand these things which actually seem to them to be foolishness of the worst sort.
God gives us wisdom through His Holy Spirit and we are given to understand His thoughts! (2:10-16).
What will be left to show of the works you have done for the Lord? (3:10-15).
We are to take good care of our bodies for they are a temple of and to the Holy Spirit. We ourselves should never be worshiped (just as we do not worship churches or temples, but our Creator God whom those buildings represent or at least magnify; 3:16-17).
Do not forget that the wisdom of this world [evolution and the areas of the many various fields which it has infiltrated; secularism; false religions . . . ] is foolishness in the sight of God. We need to seek His wisdom so that we can recognize this trash as what it truly is (3:18-23).
What do you want from me? A whoopin’ or a hug? (4:21).
Proverbs: No one can overthrow God! We prepare for battle, but God decides who wins. Integrity is of more value than all the wealth in the world. The wise avoid evil, but the foolish rush into it. Riches, honor, and quality of life are the reward of the righteous. The opposite of these would be the “reward” of the fool. If we train our children properly, God will see that they are on His path through their lives. One who borrows becomes the slave of his lender.